Guides/Artists

Andrew Harvey

Andrew Harvey

Meditation 

Andrew Harvey is Founder Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired, effective, and practical agents of institutional and systemic change, in order to create peace and sustainability. Sacred Activism is a transforming force of compassion-in-action that is born of a fusion of deep spiritual knowledge, courage, love, and passion, with wise radical action in the world. The large-scale practice of Sacred Activism can become an essential force for preserving and healing the planet and its inhabitants.

Andrew has written and edited over 30 books and received honors such as the Benjamin Franklin Award and the Mind Body Spirit Award (both for Mary’s Vineyard: Daily Readings, Meditations, and Revelations). Among Harvey’s other well-known titles are: Dialogues with a Modern Mystic, Hidden Journey, The Essential Mystics, Son of Man, The Return of the Mother and The Direct Path.
www.andrewharvey.net

 

Sally Kempton

Sally Kempton

Meditation

Sally Kempton is a beloved teacher and writer on meditation, yoga philosophy, and practical Kashmir Shaivism. A former swami in a Vedic tradition, she has spent 45 years practicing and teaching, many of them under the guidance of an enlightened Indian master and his yogini successor. She is the author of two books, Meditation for the Love of It and Awakening Shakti: The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga, and for ten years wrote the Wisdom column, for YogaJournal. Sally lives in Carmel Valley, California and leads workshops and retreats in studios and conference centers in the US and abroad, and also teaches regular teleclasses.

Sally is known for the depth and maturity of her teachings and meditative transmissions, and for her ability to articulate subtle truths in a way that can be applied in a practical way to life situations. One of her deepest intentions as a teacher is to help students to find their own direct relationship with Shakti, the inner guiding energy or presence that both awakens us and reveals every step on the path.
www.sallykempton.com

Jai Uttal

Jai Uttal

Meditation, Creative Arts 

Jai Uttal is a Grammy nominated pioneer in the world music community. His eclectic east meets-west sound has put his music at the forefront of the world fusion movement. Jai Uttal’s musical roots embrace a rich variety of cultures and traditions that span the globe and the centuries. From the hillbilly music of the Appalachian Mountains to the passionate strains of Bengali street singers, from the haunting rhythms and melodies of ancient India to contemporary electric rock sounds, Jai’s music distills the essence of diverse musical forms.
www.jaiuttal.com

 

Sathya Narayan

Sathya Narayan

Yoga & Vinyasa, Kalarippayatu

Gurukaal at CVN Kalari in Kerala, India.

Mark Whitwell

Mark Whitwell

Yoga & Vinyasa

Mark is interested in developing an authentic yoga practice for the individual, based on the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar, with whom he enjoyed a relationship for more than twenty years. Mark’s teachings clarify the profound passion and relevance of ancient wisdom to contemporary life.

Mark has taught yoga for over twenty years throughout the US, Asia, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and was the editor and contributor to TKV Desikachar’s book The Heart of Yoga.
www.heartofyoga.com

Shiva Rea

Shiva Rea

Movement is life for Shiva Rea, M.A, global Prana Vinyasa teacher, activist, and innovator in the evolution of vinyasa yoga around the world from large-scale festivals and conferences to unplugged retreats, and is known for offering the synthesis form of Vinyasa Flow bringing the roots of yoga alive for modern practitioners in creative, dynamic, and life-transforming ways for over 25 years.

She is a pioneer in reviving the art of namaskar through diverse namaskars or salutations as well as developing wave-sequencing, three-part vinyasa to teaching alignment in the flow, energetic alignment, multi-dimensional sequencing, mandala circular wave-sequencing, rasa prana vinyasa, and integrating the creative, spontaneous movement known as “sahaja” in post-modern yoga.
www.shivarea.com

Christopher Tompkins

Christopher Tompkins

Meditation Arts

I am a Yoga practitioner and Sanskrit scholar specializing in the tradition of Tantric Shaivism. My research focuses in particular on the ritualized practices of ‘Hatha’ Yoga as originally presented in the earliest surviving (un-translated) Tantras which pre-date the later ‘Hatha Yoga’ manuals by centuries. I hold advanced degrees in Religion and Sanskrit and present seminars internationally on the history, practice, and philosophy of Yoga.

In 2012, I founded the ‘Kashmir Shaivism Preservation Project,’ which seeks to preserve and to freely share the literary legacy of Kashmir Shaivism, To date I have acquired over 24,000 pages of manuscripts, most of which have never been seen in the west, that span the vast subject range of Philosophy, Ritual, and Yoga representing the medieval Tantric tradition.
www.shaivayoga.com

Demetri Velisarius

Demetri Velisarius

Meditation Arts

Demetri Velisarius BSW / RYT 200, in his years of experience and skills as a social worker, movement healer and meditation teacher and with influence from his partner yogini Shiva Rea culminated in the creation and development of unique style of yoga called, PranaDandaYoga: A skillful mind~body training method that incorporates a five~foot flexible staff (danda) as a divining rod of alignment interwoven with Prana Flow yoga postures that centers the mind with one pointed concentration and calm abiding.

Demetri is an E-RYT-certified Prana Vinyasa Yoga teacher, AFFA-certified personal trainer and cycling coach and continues his studies with meditation masters in the Tibetan Buddhist and Hindu tradition. He has completed numerous pilgrimages and retreats over the past 20 years including a cloistered 108 day Tibetan yoga and silent meditation retreat with Lama Willa Baker. Demetri is dedicated to the living dharma and his teachings are drawn from his varied life experiences from the authenticity of the streets to wisdom of mountain retreats.

Nubia Teixeira

Nubia Teixeira

Creative Arts

Nubia Teixeira, a certified Ashtanga Yoga teacher, Thai Yoga massage practitioner, and Reiki master, began began teaching yoga in her home country of Brazil in 1990, and in the United States in 2001. She has trained in all aspects of yoga practice and philosophy, including in-depth studies of Hindu mythology and archetypes, singing, bhakti dance, Tibetan Buddhist traditional prayers, meditations, self-healing practices, and the art of Odissi dance in the tradition of Madhavi Mudgal.


Nubia Teixeira travels around the world with her husband, Jai Uttal, teaching workshops in yoga, bhakti dance, and pranayama. Her classes are rooted in the heart of bhakti, incorporating the techniques of Ashtanga Yoga, the alignments of Iyengar Yoga, pranayama, prayer, meditation, and a passion for all forms of dance, especially bhakti dance. Her teaching style is flexible, spontaneous, and sensitive to the needs of all her students, beginners and advanced alike.
www.bhaktinova.com

 

Visvambhar Sheth

Visvambhar Sheth

Creative Arts 

Since his birth, Vish has been immersed in kirtan. Singing the Sanskrit mantras in their original tunes came natural to him from a very early age. The mridunga drum has become his inseparable companion. While attending an ashram school in India, he studied the ancient origins of kirtan’s sacred mantras, tunes and beats. He also studied harmonium, sitar and flute, along with a number of Western instruments. His knack of fusing the depth of the sacred knowledge of the ancient mantras and tunes with a passionate contemporary flair is elevating the culture of kirtan to new heights.

Vish has traveled to over 25 countries, sharing his unique style of kirtan.
www.mayapuris.com
Michelle Nayali Bouvier

Michelle Nayali Bouvier

Creative Arts: Hoop Vinyasa

A lifelong dancer-scientist-yogini-mystic, yoga found Michelle at age 15 and transformed her world. Today Michelle is certified Prana VinyasaTM E-RYT 500+, on her way to a Professional 1008hr Certification, as well as an Advanced Certified AcroYoga teacher, Thai Yoga Therapist, creator of Vinyasa of the Hoop & Circle Sadhana, and a pioneer in the global Hoopdance movement.

The perfection of the Universe revealed itself through her dance with the circle, the Hoop, which merged her lifetime love of math, geometry, and patterns of flow, the varied skills of her physical training, the sensitivity of awareness cultivated in yogic practice, with a playful and infinitely creative tool for ecstatic embodiment. In love at first spin in 2006, Nayeli is still in awe of the hoop’s power as a personal practice to transform emotions, empower our authentic selves, and open up new pathways of movement expression. A pioneer of the form, Michelle is a leading teacher in the still growing hoop community, uniquely weaving in yoga, biomechanics and philosophy into offering the hoop as a personal sādhana (spiritual practice).
www.michellebouvier.com

Shiva Kumar

Shiva Kumar

Living Arts

Shiva Kumar is a re-known astrologer and pujari from South India. He has been under the guiding light of several spiritual masters and has himself spent over 15 years as an ascetic. He has been awarded the special distinction title of Jotish Ratna in the field of Astrology and holds a master degree in Philosophy and Religion.

As a traditional pujari he has been performing mass poojas across India where over 5000 people would attend each ceremony. He has travelled to many places across the world including Japan and America for Satsangs (group discussions, questions and answers about Knowledge), Astrology consultations and poojas (individual and mass poojas) helping people of all religions find remedies to their problems.

Well-versed in the Shastras and abiding by the strict dharma code of confidentiality as a professional astrologer, he provides at the same time the inspiring insight and the helping hand in the face of difficulties.
www.shivashiva.com

Maria Garre

Maria Garre

Maria E Garré, M.Ed, ERYT 500

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist + Ayurvedic Practitioner + Prana Vinyasa Instructor

A sought after teacher, educator and innovator in the field of yoga + ayurveda, Maria delivers practical and inspirational information that is accessible to all. She brings together over 20 years of experience in biomedical sciences, philosophy, yoga and ayurveda to not only train yoga and ayurvedic practitioners world-wide, but to also lead workshops and rejuvenating retreats. She has been on faculty for the world renowned Ayurvedic Institute, is an Ambassador for Banyan Botanicals, serves on the standards committee for NAMA and is a guest instructor for several certification programs worldwide. Devoting more then 10 years of study with her root teachers Vasant Lad and Shiva Rea, Maria has created transformational programs through her Live in Balance courses and wellness consultations.

For more information you can find her at www.mariagarre.com.

 

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Caitlin Marcoux

Caitlin Marcoux

Healing Arts 

Caitlin is the founder of Paddle Nantucket which offers guided paddle tours of Nantucket, PaddleFit classes and Standup Paddle Yoga, and Strong Girls Yoga, a yoga-based curriculum that seeks to support Nantucket’s young women in the cultivation of self-esteem, mindfulness, and physical awareness.

In addition to being a yoga teacher, Caitlin is a mother, writer, SUP racer, road cyclist, clinical massage therapist and cancer ninja. She has advanced certifications in both prenatal and children’s yoga, and has an extensive background in PranaFlow. A former modern dancer, she fuses her passion for movement and music with her love of traditional yoga; keeping her teaching creative, playful and fresh. Her classes are primarily vinyasa-based and infused with the teachings of the Ashtanga and Iyengar traditions and the influences of her teachers Shiva Rea, and Ganga White.
www.caitlinmarcoux.net
Kimberly Snyder

Kimberly Snyder

Healing Arts 

Kimberly Snyder, C.N. is a nutritionist for the mind, body & soul, a yogini and the New York Times best-selling author of The Beauty Detox Solution, The Beauty Detox Foods and The Beauty Detox Power (2015). The Beauty Detox Foods debuted as #2 on the New York Times Bestseller List, and at #1 on Amazon, and was in the top 50 Non-fiction Books on Amazon for 2013. The Beauty Detox Power was the #1 adult book on Amazon at its launch also hit the New York Times Best Seller list.

Kimberly is the creator of Glow Bio, an organic smoothie, juice and cleanse company that ships nationally and the world famous Glowing Green Smoothie™. She is the go-to nutritionist for many of the entertainment industries’ top celebrities, including Drew Barrymore, Kerry Washington, Channing Tatum and Reese Witherspoon, among many others. Snyder is a highly sought-after, reoccurring nutritional and beauty expert on The Today Show, The Dr. Oz Show and Access Hollywood and has been featured on many other national shows and publications, such as Good Morning America, The New York Times, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, Elle, Prevention and One World with Deepak Chopra, among many others. She was named by Vogue as one of the top “results-orientated nutritionists.”
www.kimberlysnyder.com

 

Benjy Wertheimer

Benjy Wertheimer

Music & Creative Arts 

Master musician Benjy Wertheimer is an award-winning songwriter, vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist (playing tabla, congas, percussion, esraj, guitar, and keyboards). His extraordinary and unique musical gifts from East and West create a sense of wonder and awe in the listener. In addition to touring with Shantala, Benjy is a founding member of the sacred music ensemble The Hanumen (including Gaura Vani, John De Kadt, and Visvambhar Sheth of the Mayapuris) and has toured and produced two CDs with them since 2009. Benjy has toured and recorded with such artists as Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten, Jai Uttal, Walter Becker (Steely Dan), and virtuoso guitarist Michael Mandrell. He has opened for such artists as Carlos Santana, Paul Winter, and Narada Michael Walden. A founding member of the internationally acclaimed Ancient Future world fusion music ensemble, Benjy also toured the U.S., Canada, and Japan with renowned bamboo flute master G.S. Sachdev. He studied Indian classical music for over 25 years with some of the greatest masters of that tradition (including Alla Rakha, Zakir Hussain, Ali Akbar Khan and Z. M. Dagar). Benjy has produced 17 CDs since 2000, which receive extensive airplay around the world, and his CD Circle of Fire went to #1 on the New Age radio charts.
www.shantalamusic.com

John DeKadt

John DeKadt

Music & Creative Arts 

In his early twenties John left college and went searching for others ways of living. He went on a sojourn that journey led him to a yoga ashram where he lived for five years. The ancient practice of call and response chanting called kirtan became part of his daily routine, as did yoga, drumming and meditation. John went on to study percussion from around the globe in India, Turkey, Brazil, Africa, Cuba, Columbia and throughout the US. The healing power of the drum inspired him to continue on a richly rewarding quest to discover and support his love of music and spoken word.

John appears on numerous recordings and performs regularly throughout the US. He has performed with Glen Velez, Eugene Friesen, Robert Bly, Baba Olatunji, Colman Barks, David Darling, Jai Uttal, and many others. He has performed live nationally on NBC and PBS. John offers concerts and workshops internationally for festivals, retreats, schools, & corporations. He is appreciated for his percussion talent, humor, spoken word and poetic inspirations.
www.johndekadt.com
Alex Theory

Alex Theory

Music & Creative Arts 

Dr. Alex Theory is a renowned entertainment industry producer, media pioneer, and wellness expert. He specializes in the psychological and physiological impact of music/visuals upon the human nervous system. During his career Dr. Theory has produced numerous events, albums, films, television shows, and worked with clients such as Cirque du Soleil, Google, iTunes, MGM, ABC Television, Lucas Arts, PBS, Sting, Black Eyed Peas, Elton John, Alanis Morissette, and many others. In addition to producing media & live events, he enjoys conducting research, writing music, and lecturing at conferences/festivals around the world. Currently, Dr. Theory is a Governor on the board of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammys®).
www.drtheory.com

Gaudan Project

Gaudan Project

Music & Creative Arts 

The Hang, a unique instrument with an ancient sound and mystical feel, is played by global artist Gaudan. Gaudan is playing the Hang as a live, acoustic, solo performer enhancing Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Dagmar Spremberg, founder of Montezuma Yoga, Costa Rica.
Produced and arranged by Roland Spremberg, international successful record producer and keyboarder from Studio 439 in Hamburg, Germany.

thegaudanproject.bandcamp.com